If you have a child who is really into dinosaurs or fossils, you might want to consider a trip to the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford. There, you can get up close and personal with "Jane," the best-preserved and most complete juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex ever found.
From Geneva, it's just a 90-minute drive up Interstate 90. If you're in the Elgin area, it will be closer to an hour. Admission is not bad, and unlike visiting a museum in downtown Chicago, parking is plentiful and free! Read on to learn more about this little museum with a big find!
Name: Burpee Museum of Natural History, which was established in the 1940s.
Location: 737 N. Main Street in downtown Rockford, in Riverfront Museum Park on the west banks of the Rock River. Also located in the park is the Discovery Center Museum, which is a children's museum, as well as the Rockford Art Museum and Rockford Dance Company. The museum's phone number is 815-965-3433.
Admission: Adults are $10, children ages 7 through 17 are $9 and children 6 and under are free.
Hours: The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.